PRS for Music announce songwriting shortlist for Next Brit Thing

PRS for Music has announced its shortlist of nominees for the Next Brit Thing songwriting award

The competition was open to young people aged 11-19 and was supported by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government.

PRS for Music is specifically recognising entrants to the Next Brit Thing who have submitted an original pop song or classical work as their entry. Over a thousand Next Brit Things entries were original compositions underpinning the vast creative young creative talent across the UK.

A judging panel consisting of Simon Darlow - top songwriter and musical director, Ellis Rich OBE - music publishing guru, and former Chairman of PRS for Music and British film composer Julian Nott - best known for his work in the Wallace and Gromit films, selected seven entrants to be commended.

Nominee shortlist (in no particular order)





Chloe Wilders

You Don't Know Me


Northern Ireland

Katherine Priddy


Folk, Indie


Jessica Hammond

Thinking Of You


Northern Ireland

White Psychic0s

Ever After


North England



Hip Hop, Pop, Punk

South England

The Off Beat

Don't Make The Call

Folk, Indie


Stevie-Jo Dooley


Jazz, Pop

South England

An overall winner will be awarded by PRS for Music chairman Guy Fletcher OBE at the Next Brit Thing finals on 5th March at the 02 Indigo in London. 

The winner of the PRS for Music Composition Award receives a day’s studio session with a top music producer in Strongroom Studios, Shoreditch - part of the world famous AIR Studios Group. The AIR Studios Group is the recording home for many of today's top artists including Coldplay, Muse, George Michael, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & the Machine, Patrick Wolf, Placebo and Pixie Lott. 

To listen to the shortlist visit 

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works diligently to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m paid out in royalties to its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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